Week Five was a crazy one for kickers and missed kicks. Heading into Sunday Night Football, kickers missed 12 extra points and 12 field goals. That included an NFL record five missed field goals in the Packers win over the Bengals. While there were no kicking issues Sunday night, the Colts kicker missed two field goals, one of which was blocked, and an extra point last night.
News also broke last night that Jon Gruden of the Raiders was resigning as head coach and that special teams coach Rich Bisaccia would be taking over.
Just one snapper, Garrison Sanborn, has a tryout with the Niners but was not signed.
This week, two snappers were the subject of in-depth media profiles. Ravens snapper Nick Moore was featured in The Athletic by Jeff Zrebiec. While every NFL snapper has an interesting story about how they made it to the NFL, Moore’s is unique because he first played professional baseball. Moore signed a contract with the Red Sox 10 years ago. When he was released, he returned to play football at the University of Georgia and ultimately became a long snapper there. After time in NFL camps and tryouts and a season in the XFL, he made the Ravens practice squad last year and became their full-time snapper this year.
Dennis Young of the New York Daily News wrote about Jets snapper Thomas Hennessy, one of the Jets longest-tenured players and one of their most reliable. In his four seasons, Hennessy has been ranked one of the top long snappers and has never had a blocked punt or kick attempt and not been flagged for a penalty.
Four snappers recorded tackles this week with Matt Orzech (Rams), Christian Kuntz (Steelers) and Moore (Ravens) tallying solo tackles and Andrew DePaola (Vikings) added an assisted tackle.
The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Five is below.